Debbie A. Gunter RN, CMSN, MN, FNP-BC, ACHPN

Titles and Roles

Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
Emory Healthcare
Adjunct Instructor
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing


Ms. Gunter holds multiple certifications, including, Family Nurse Practitioner, Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, and Medical-Surgical Nursing. She has over thirty years of nursing experience in many different areas of practice. She is on the faculty at Emory University in the School of Medicine and School of Nursing. Ms. Gunter is also president of her own nursing consulting firm, developing and presenting multiple nursing seminars throughout the country.

In her current role of nurse practitioner at Emory Healthcare, Ms. Gunter is part of the team which is responsible for providing palliative care expertise to hospitalized patients within a major academic institution. Some of the responsibilities include, pain and symptom management, goals of care discussions, withdrawal of life-sustaining treatments, advance care planning, and staff education. Prior to this position, she had developed and managed a twenty-five bed in-patient hospice unit. She had also previously served as a nurse practitioner in the long-term care setting for nine years, which involved the medical management and responsibility of multiple geriatric patients in two different nursing homes in the Atlanta area.

Ms. Gunter is a well-known invited national and international speaker and presented in 2011 at the Imperial College of London for the International Nurse Practitioner Conference.


Ms. Gunter received her BSN from Florida State University, her Masters Degree in Adult Health-Critical Care from Emory University, and her Family Nurse Practitioner certification from the University of Missouri.


Ms. Gunter has been recognized for her outstanding achievements in nursing by Who's Who in American Nursing for multiple years, as well as being named "Healthcare Professional of the Year" for Strathmore International Who's Who. She was honored with the Nurse Practitioner State Award for Clinical Excellence from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2011. Recent honors and achievements include being named a March of Dimes Nurse of the Year for Georgia in 2013 and a finalist for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution nursing excellence award in 2014.

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